By Gabrielle. Photos and styling by Amy Christie.
Okay you guys, can you handle one more fun little project before Easter is officially here? (Please say yes!) Today, let’s make modern geometric bunnies. It’s a simple idea — wire formed to make the shape of a bunny — but it can be used in so many fun ways!
It was a little bit of a challenge to find the right wire but now that the leg work is done, it won’t be as tough for you. Plus, there’s a free downloadable template to help you out. There are two bunny versions in the photos. One is small and simple — you could make a dozen of these fairly quickly. The other version is oversize. As in 3 feet wide! It’s a little more challenging, but still totally doable.
The smaller one is pictured here as a napkin ring, but it would also be adorable as an accent on a gift. Or you could hang one sweetly from an Easter basket. Or you could attach a long ribbon and use it as a springtime bookmark!
The larger one is oversize and quite dramatic. Hang it on your door in place of a wreath. Or display it on the wall above the sofa. It looks good as both interior and exterior decoration — and you can customize the color with ribbons!
Get ready to flex those muscles, the directions are below.
– crimping sleeve (for stiffer, lower gauge wire)
– nails & board for little bunny sculpture, optional
– downloadable pdf of the bunny pattern (with one ear, and two ears — free!)
*For the large bunny, I used 12 gauge galvanized utility wire. It’s strong and holds its shape well. For the little bunnies, I used 18 gauge aluminum wire. I found both at a farm supply store.
First, the little bunnies. You can surely try to sculpt it with just pliers, shaping it to fit the bunny PDF, however, I think I found simpler route: a nail form. At each ‘corner’ of the geometric bunny, hammer in a 1 inch nail. As seen above, I used 31 nails. At first, I tried to keep the two-eared look for the little guys but it was too messy.
Start by wrapping the wire around a nail. The starting place is up to you but I found it best to start right under the face in hopes to hide the beginning-and-end connection with a ribbon. From there, pull the wire tight and taut around the form. NOTE: Whenever the wire needs to change directions, you must wrap the wire around the interior side of the nail.
For instance, above, see at the base of the ear how I pulled the wire around to the inside of the nail so the wire would stay in place when I continued around the ear. Again, at the base of the ear on the other side, the wire was looped on the inside of the nail before continuing around the body.
Continue around the bunny form, making sure to loop the wire around the nail when it needs to change directions. When complete, wrap the ends together. Gently pull to release from the nail form.
Make as many as you desire. Wrap with a length of ribbon and use as you wish!
For the big bunny, you are going to need some muscle and a friend. To make sure the bunny form stays a bunny, the wire gauge needs to be low. But, low gauge means more of a challenge sculpting. Maybe a little sweat. : )
First, enlarge the bunny sculpture to just about 3 feet. Then, using a strong set of pliers, bend the wire around the image. A friend comes in handy to hold the already sculpted wire in place.
Bend the wire at each ‘corner’.
To complete it, again because the low gauge wire is so strong, it needs something called a crimping sleeve. From the store I shopped in, I saw different sleeves for the various gauges (12 gauge wire with a 12 gauge sleeve, etc). Pinch it with pliers.
And that’s it! We dressed ours with satin ribbon in two colors for a more festive feel — you could pick any colors you like.
I hope this little project gets your imagination going. I’d love to hear if you make some — and how you put your creations to use!